So, as I hinted a little last week - I'm starting a new "project". I've decided to embark on the journey of a refined housewife: to learn to make pie. I have to admit that prior to getting married, being able to successfully make a buttery, flaky crust was higher on my priorities list. Now that I'm immersed in domesticity, It usually just feels like a struggle to keep the underwear clean and produce something edible several times a day.
And with a attitude like that, what a perfect time to start this project. My mother-in-law gave me this gorgeous pie pan for Christmas, so I'm taking that as a hint. My goal with this project is to bake enough pies to gain confidence in the skill itself. I want to be prepping pastry dough, tossing fruit fillings and producing one fabulous pie once a fortnight. (2 weeks for those of you who were born in this century.) Because any more frequently, an dear Husband would gain 50 lbs.
6 large apples, cored, peeled, and thinly sliced
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup caramel sauce
1 egg, well beaten
Coarse sea salt
1. Preheat your oven to 400°.
2. In a large bowl stir flour, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and sugar together.
3. Add the apples to the dry ingredients and toss until completely mixed together.
4. Prep your pie pan and crust for filling.
5. Fill your crust with all of your apples. LOTS of them.
6. Pour your 1/2 of caramel sauce over apples.
7. Cover the top of your apples with your choice of crust. I did a lazy man's lattice, but most will work. Brush a light coat of egg over the top. Sprinkle salt.
8. Bake for 20 minutes, reduce the oven to 375° and bake for another 45 minutes.
The making and enjoying of this pie just happened to coincide with the visit of my father and sister-in-law. We all had a slice (some with extra caramel and salt cracked on top) and it was totally family approved. (Huzzah!) Pie # 1 was a success!! Any advice? Suggestions? Recipes?